February 09, 2017
By Jennifer Bihm
Forty-three year old Keith Jackson was known to his community as a kind hearted and giving person and for that reason, no one could understand what exactly happened in the city of Compton on December 27,2016.
“Someone walked up to his car and shot him,” Jackson’s mother Marilyn told the Sentinel.
“No one really knows why…”
Jackson did not survive the attack and was memorialized on January 21. But his family and friends are still looking for answers and are asking that anyone who knows anything could step forward.
“The senseless gun violence must end,” Jackson’s family members said.
“When things like this happen, the community should speak up because it’s not going to stop unless they do.”
Jackson grew up in the city of Compton, attending private schools there like St. Albert’s and Verbum Dei. He eventually graduated from California State University of Dominguez Hills with a degree in sociology. The degree brought him to Los Angeles County, where he worked as a counselor in the substance abuse program.
In his free time, Jackson had been a little league coach and worked with Compton’s Parks and Recreation Department.
“Sometimes, if he saw people hanging around the park and they needed things like shoes or money, he would give it to them,” said Marilyn.
“He would just do it out of the kindness of his heart.”